The BBC did a program on such things. You can watch it at -
I’d almost consider GPS/video collaring the old boy but he’d probably take it as an insult and destroy it very quickly. He’s like that – no time for frippery – every toy we’ve ever bought for him is destroyed within twenty minutes of receiving it. He just seems to think that toys are not for right minded cats and need to be kept out of his/their lives.
And here was me, thinking that mirrorworld was going to be a nasty trap for Fargo…
Alpha Cat Update
Well, the creation of the Empire of the Iron Paw continues apace.
After an exhausting Sunday outside AC spent overnight into Monday sleeping in bed with us. Not something he does often but if he’s had a lot of his self-imposed duties to attend to he will kick back once in a while.
Come Tuesday morning bright and early he’s up and ready to go.
Pat watched him as he left…
…the old tomcat joins him from the front porch…
…Caroline (one of our other cats) joins in…
…the little tomcat links up…
…two of the next door neighbor’s cats join in…
…so, AC’s leading a group of five cats (all following him) along the path to the river.
I do wonder what they get up to. I do know that I wouldn’t like to have all six of them after me at once if I were some kind of prey to them.
It’s interesting to watch an elder statesman of cats at work.
Wiley, you have a drawing ability that’s much higher than you let on, I strongly suspect.
(Not that there’s anything in the least bit wrong with what you do for us daily.)
How about maybe, just once, you strut the high end stuff for us fans? Be nice to see what you can do when you really put on the dog!
So, the river’s at flood stage up here. Pat and Alpha have been going down to the banks every day to look at it.
Yesterday, they went.
Alpha wanders off for a look around the immediate area as he always does.
He returns, then goes off again.
After the third repetition the human half of the pair realizes that he is always going in the same direction and is, in fact, trying to lead her somewhere.
Pat follows him to the fishing hole Alpha favors.
There’s a shaggy, molting, cow moose and a calf standing there grazing.
Alpha just sits down and looks up at Pat as if to say “There, what do you think of that?”
As Pat later said, “I should have got it the second time he did that – he always has a point to his actions.”
Alpha Cat update
Alpha Cat is enjoying the late winter/very early spring weather. He’s out a lot on patrol and we’ve also seem him dancing for simple joy in life down the middle of the road. Once it gets too warm in late spring he’ll just dig a trench in a quiet shade spot amongst the pines and settle down there.
Skunk Watch – two out of four of Alpha Cat’s adopted (the story of how this came about has been told here already) baby skunks have survived the winter. AC, the two small skunks and a collection of Alpha’s loyal local feline vassals were spotted all together on the front porch yesterday sharing a bowl of mackerel, kibble and raw egg.
Update – the skunks are both female (you can tell from a distance just like with unfixed cats) and small at 4-5lbs and were sunning themselves on the front porch this morning with Alpha Cat sitting on the swing keeping a benevolent eye on them.
We have to figure out a modus vivendi with these two little guys now there’s a biochemical warfare element in Alpha’s growing army.
We’ll have to see how the Empire of the Iron Paw develops this spring…
Nah – this is probably the source he was referencing – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTunhRVyREU
Nothing wrong with that, Meg!
Lissen, guys, I’m not knocking large whatevers, but filling your armpits when you recline is something else.